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2071  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: RPGFan Community Photo Thread: 2007 Edition on: December 06, 2010, 04:48:05 PM
I was in the same snow that Yoda was. Got ourselves a good 4 inches or so.
Here's a pic of my garden from Saturday morning:
2072  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Job thread. on: December 06, 2010, 04:35:29 PM
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I actually went to the home and garden show last year and was far from impressed.

Do you mean the one in 09 or just the one this past spring? I largely just go there because the C&S society is selling stuff and they have a lot of fairly hard to find things at really low prices.
Yeah, I phrased that wrong. I meant this past spring. Everything was sponsored by Belgard. Good company with a good product, but I would have liked to have seen more diversity. Because of my job I have to care just as much about paving and wall products, as I do about plants. Or at least pretend to.
That's what Mid Am is for.


2073  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Job thread. on: December 06, 2010, 02:18:18 PM
Da Mayor did a great job of beautifying the city.
Yes, we give him much credit. His green initiatives have given a lot of companies a lot of work, too. I have a feeling this will diminish when a new mayor takes control.


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Our company specializes in seasonal floral displays. Visit Chicago any time of the year, and you'll see a lot of our work, including portions of Michigan Ave. There's always extra, so I get free flowers each season. Trust me, this can be expensive, so it's a nice little perk.

The fact that you're related to this raises you to celebrity status in my eyes ;________; And do they ever do anything at the St. Patrick's weekend home and garden show at Navy Pier..?

No, we rarely participate in those shows due to the whole cost vs. return thing not working in our favor. I actually went to the home and garden show last year and was far from impressed. Then again, the show is targeted at homeowners, not those actually IN the trade.
I do always attend the Mid-Am trade show, which is a place for vendors to try and convince guys like me to use their products. Always fun.

2074  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: favorite christmas movies on: December 06, 2010, 12:28:14 PM
Seems to be the same ones over and over.
Love, Actually is very good, but I don't include it in my Christmas movie list.
Should be two lists.
Movies that are actually about Christmas.
Movies that happen to take place at Christmastime but are not actually about it.
Anyway...
A Christmas Story - duh
It's a Wonderful Life - Decent movie, but a bit too long. My wife likes it, so we watch it every year.
Scrooged
Christmas Vacation - duh. Although, my enjoyment has dulled over the years.
The Grinch Who Stole Christmas - the REAL one
Santa Claus is Coming to Town - Man, that redhead. Ms. Claus, that is.

Show that I can't stand:
Frosty - I want to blast him with a flamethrower every time he says "Happy Birthday!"

2075  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What don't you get sick of?? Favorite things!!? on: December 06, 2010, 11:51:18 AM
I need to give How to Train Your Dragon a shot I guess. I didn't care for how the characters looked but I've heard a lot of good mentions from friends and posters here.


And, Grim, no Gino's East? :)
I thought the same thing about HTTYD at first. All the positive reviews convinced me to go with my son. I ended up loving it.

Oh, I definitely love me some Gino's. Also a big fan of Lou Malnati's.
Damn, I want some freakin' pizza now.

2076  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Job thread. on: December 06, 2010, 11:47:49 AM
I have a degree in Horticulture and work for a landscape company as an Estimator. Basically, I'm the guy who determines what a job is worth and how long it takes to install it.
I also plow snow when the need arises.
Our company specializes in seasonal floral displays. Visit Chicago any time of the year, and you'll see a lot of our work, including portions of Michigan Ave. There's always extra, so I get free flowers each season. Trust me, this can be expensive, so it's a nice little perk.
2077  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What don't you get sick of?? Favorite things!!? on: December 06, 2010, 11:34:00 AM
Hmmm. I suppose this could be enlightening...

Peanut butter! I can't believe I am the first one to say it.
Ys music
Epic movie soundtracks that make my heart swell like those by Howard Shore, James Horner, Hans Zimmer, and of course, John Williams.
Taking pictures - There is ALWAYS something worth taking a picture of.
Going through said pictures looking for the few that really turned out well.
Working in my garden. It makes me happy.
Seeing the look on my sons face when I tell him I'm proud of him or that he did a good job on something. Makes me feel bad for my father who never told me such things growing up(or ever). TMI, perhaps.
Hugging my wife
Pizza! Especially good stuff like Home Run Inn or Connie's.
Good quality dark chocolate.
Gothic architecture
Really great movies like the LOTR films, How to Train Your Dragon(good call, Dice), The Princess Bride, Toy Story 1-3, The Incredibles, Memento, etc.
Exploring new nature preserves/prairies/woodlands. On foot or on a bike. Preferably alone. So humbling.
Nature showing how awesome/beautiful it can be by creating amazing Ice storms, thunderstorms, sunrises/sunsets, and everything else. I will never tire of such things.
Sharing my favorite things with other people, especially when they like them too.
A warm bed on a cold winter night. We currently have fleece sheets on the bed. They are so soft and warm, it makes it hard to get out of bed in the morning.
2078  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: Super RPGFan Game Journal IV - The New Warriors: The Revenge The Movie The Game on: December 06, 2010, 11:10:23 AM
Beat Lords of Shadow. Great game overall. My thoughts are in the dedicated thread.
I'm not sure what to play/go back to. I was playing Bayonetta before this, but I'm not sure I feel like going back to the silliness of it.
I still have FFXIII to play. I've also been wanting to buy some DLC for ME2.
Plus, I think the wife is getting me Uncharted 2 for Christmas.
Decisions...
2079  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Castlevania - Lords of Shadow on: December 06, 2010, 11:02:32 AM
Yeah, the whole castle segment(a good third of the game) was the best part.
I have to go into spoilers again:
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I was actually upset at how short the last chapters were. I was hoping for some really kick ass final level, but it didn't happen. When I saw Chapter 12 - Final Fight, I was bummed. I think the levels should have been in a different order, with the castle areas last.
I'll get DLC if it comes out. I enjoyed the game, and really don't want to be done with it.

2080  Media / Miscellaneous Games / Re: Castlevania - Lords of Shadow on: December 05, 2010, 08:06:59 PM
I just beat it  a bit ago. My general review:
I had a lot of fun with this game. It actually turned out better than I thought it might. Especially under the care of a relatively new developer.
The graphics were extremely well done. I'd say this one of the best looking games out there. The music was quite nice, but a bit repetitive.  The story was surprisingly well done and well-voiced. Gabriel became quite the endearing character.
This game did a good job of making me feel like I was on an epic adventure. Lots of great bosses and puzzles, too.
I look forward to sequel, if it happens.
Although, considering the whole ending sequence, itís probably a sure thing.
Speaking of whichÖ
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The after credits stuff was just bizarre! Gabriel is immortal? Zobek is still alive? He calls Gabriel the Prince of Darkness?  Itís now present day? WTF?!

2081  The Rest / The Bazaar / Re: Give My Wife and Son a Christmas Album Sale! on: December 03, 2010, 04:03:53 PM
Yeah, you've got some good stuff there. Very tempting. Bad timing, though, as I have to buy my own wife and son presents!
2082  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 30 characters that defined a decade on: December 03, 2010, 04:01:22 PM
And, yes, Snake does belong on this list. It doesn't matter that he was conceived in the 80's, he was still quite iconic the past 10 years.

No, he doesn't. They specifically pointed out in the user voting it was only for characters introduced in the last decade (even if they were dumb and technically had it at 11 years thanks to putting Tingle on a sub-list), and if you were to include Snake you'd have to include Mario, Link, Gordon Freeman (Half Life 2 was a big deal!) and possibly even Sonic due to how tied his current image is with Sega of the last decade, and at at that point it may as well just be "characters that defined gaming".
Well, ya see, Mr. Eusis, I didn't see that part. I just saw the list here on the ole' fan. Makes sense, though, otherwise, as you said, the list would be cluttered with oldies.

2083  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: 30 characters that defined a decade on: December 03, 2010, 11:41:46 AM
This is one of the worst lists of anything I've ever seen. If a character defines a decade I should know who they are, whether I played the game they are in or not. There's at least 10 on there that I was unfamiliar with, including the #1 pick. I've never played Portal, but I still have no clue who this GLADOS character is.
Way too many lesser types on there. I agree that a top ten would have made more sense.
And, yes, Snake does belong on this list. It doesn't matter that he was conceived in the 80's, he was still quite iconic the past 10 years.
2084  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Recently Viewed Movies Episode 2: The Vampire Bites Back on: November 30, 2010, 03:08:33 PM
Watching Sunshine...

Between this and Moon there has been some great under the radar sci-fi

I watched Moon the other night - awesome flick.  Im glad it wasn't another "robot turns psycho" flick; but it was pretty deep and emotional - amazingly played by Sam Rockwell (an under-the-radar actor, IMO).

Sunshine...wow.  I could skip the WHOLE movie, without building up, and the ending climax will still put me on the edge of my seat. 
Interesting. The ending almost ruined the movie for me. It was pretty darn great, and then
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we suddenly transition from smart sci-fi into generic horror movie.
Not good.

I thought Moon was fantastic, too, btw.

2085  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: "I hated it at first, but then I grew to love it." on: November 30, 2010, 10:56:57 AM
I agree with Prime about Wrpgs. For the longest time Jrpgs were the shiznot, and that was it. Then I got my 360. I found ME a bit odd at first, but grew to love it. Throw in Fable II, Dragon Age, and the incredible ME II, and I'm totally sold. I have yet to play a FO game, however.

Food - I grew up extremely picky about what I eat, and still am to an extent. My wife has forced me to expand my horizons, and I thank her for it. I'm eating healthier, and with more variety, then I ever have before. We eat less meat, and tons more fruits and veggies.
Unfortunately(I think) her coffee habit is also rubbing off on me. I used to hate coffee. I drank tea, and that was it. Then she started bring home all these different flavors, and they smelled good, and, well...that was it. I still limit the amount I drink. But I enjoy it quite a bit.

Movies - I'm a movie nut, but for the life of me, I can't think of a single one that I hated, then loved. I can think of plenty the opposite way. There are all sorts of movies that I loved at first, then realized they were total crap later.

Music - I rarely give music a second chance. If it sucks the first time, I move on. I can only think of a few bands that I gave a second chance to. Disturbed is one that I didn't like at first. I saw them as just another generic fake rock band. Not until "Remember" came out did I take notice. Still, there were only a few good songs on the Believe album. I really became a fan When Indestructible came out. Great album with tons of great songs.
U2 didn't do anything for me for years, and I wondered what all the fuss was about. Now they have several songs(One, Where the streets have no name, Beautiful Day) on my list of "best songs ever". Too bad they've gone downhill the past few years.
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